The VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship programme was launched on Saturday 22nd October in Dublin with a day-long symposium packed full of exciting talks on the latest creative and technological advances in the area of VFX and animation.
The Irish animation and VFX sectors are increasingly central to Ireland’s digital and creative economy, with animation alone employing more than 1,000 full time staff. The Graduate Traineeship Programme is targeted at developing industry-focused skills in a workplace setting, supported by award-winning studios such as Brown Bag Films, Cartoon Saloon, Boulder Media, and Screen Scene VFX among others. The programme includes on-the-job training and mentoring as well as additional specialist training delivered through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland.
Participating studios and trainees for the 2016/17 Graduate Traineeship Programme are:
Brown Bag Films (Trainee: Emma Williamson); Cartoon Saloon (Trainees: Graeme Lee and Jose Manuel Navarro); Boulder Media (Trainees: Terence McManus and Marc Hendry); Egg VFX (Trainee: Paris Taylor-Jones); Igloo Animations (Trainee: Julie Rush); JAM Media (Trainees: Des Soon, Grainne Hegarty and Jessica Patterson); Kavaleer (Trainee: Dylan Kerslake); Kite Entertainment (Trainee: Luke Foley); Piranha Bar (Trainee: Susan Curry); Salty Dog Pictures (Trainees: Oscar Nickelsen and Viktoria Katona); Monster Entertainment (Trainee: Lea Farrell); Screen Scene VFX (Trainee: Keith Clinton); Windmill Lane VFX (Trainee: Chloe Phipps) and Vstream (Trainee: Stephen Boland).
The one-day symposium included presentations from top Irish and international animation and VFX practitioners, including Sharon Calahan, Cinematographer, Pixar Animation Studios (A BUGS LIFE, TOY STORY 2, FINDING NEMO, RATATOUILLE, CARS 2,THE GOOD DINOSAUR); Richard Baneham, VFX/Animation Supervisor, Weta (AVATAR, LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, THE RETURN OF THE KING, THE IRON GIANT); Troy Saliba, Animation Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks, (ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, THE SMURFS 3D, G-FORCE 3D, MONSTER HOUSE 3D, THE HAUNTED MANSION); Chris Landreth, award winning Film Director and Animator (RYAN,THE END, BINGO, THE SPINE, Subconscious Password); Simon Kay, Motion Capture Supervisor, Double Negative (WONDER WOMAN, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, ANT MAN, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON); Mary Pike, 3D Modeller and Modelmaker, The Workhouse (ALICE: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, AVATAR, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, THE HOBBIT TRILOGY, ELYSIUM, THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN); and Wouter Tulp, Character Designer (TRIPLE TROUBLE, THE SEVENTH DWARF).
Following the symposium, The Visual Effects Society London Section presented a special Dublin screening of 20th Century Fox’s MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, followed by a Q&A with VFX Supervisor Frazer Churchill (THE WORLD’S END; SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD; CHILDREN OF MEN), supported by Eurotek Ireland and Chaos Group.
The VFX and Animation Symposium is an initative of Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet, and supported by the Irish Film Board, the Industrial Development Authority, and Enterprise Ireland.